Morven Mayhem

A beautiful view upon arrival.

A beautiful view upon arrival.

Let’s be honest: the end of the season hasn’t gone to plan. GMHA was a bust for both Monty and Deszi, and now Morven. The theme of this weekend was rain. And more rain. And guess what? It’s raining again. When we packed up to head home to NH yesterday morning, Garth was questioning: “20 hours of driving for a 2 phase? Really, Katie?”

Dressage was encouraging as Garth only bolted in warm-up once. Spooks were kept under cover, and he only leaped in the air once while working around the ring. His increased fitness has given him a little extra spring in his step (and hind end). We had the most incredible left lead medium canter!

After stadium: Why, Katie?

After stadium: Why, Katie?

In show jumping, I rode a perfectly executed 1/2 stride to fence 3. Garth stopped – rightfully. We came back around and jumped around the course to finish with time from our refussal and a rail elsewhere on course. The fences were massive, and perhaps it is my eye still adjusting to the Intermediate level, but they seemed larger then the Intermediate horse trial height. Regardless, it was a beautiful course encouraging a forward ride.

I had walked the course once between rides and walked it again with Ashley after show jumping. At that time, I was already thinking that withdrawing would be the smartest decision. Before Friday night’s rain fall, and the rain that followed Saturday morning, the clay-based footing was already saturated, deep, and very slippery. It has become apparent to me how important it is to leave that startbox on a mission, with a gallop in hand, and the power of stride to every fence. This was not the footing for that kind of ride – at least not for Garth and I for where we are with our experience at Intermediate. Garth has also had two injuries that sacrificed two competition seasons, and I have no desire for him to be injured or to rehab him again.

“Three times a charm” does not apply.

A good decision shared by many.

A good decision shared by many.

After walking again Saturday morning, I decided to save Garth for another day. He already has his qualifications, and the potential fun did not outweigh the risks. Disappointing, as the course was incredibly cool, but best to wish I had ridden then wish I had not.

A highlight for me this weekend was hearing Kim Severson’s compliments on Garth’s physique. I am incredibly complimented that she remembers us, and took the time to share her thoughts. I had an extensive conversation with her vet while in Aiken this winter, and his thoughts on joint health and soundness relative to weight paired with Kim’s recommendations has helped me to shape Garth into a leaner and stronger athlete. He is now on Cavalor grains that encourage lean muscle development, which have been a crucial part of this change.

 

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